Why then, if we have real, comparable, benchmark leadership ambassadors available to us do we still not internalize and/or practice vulnerability in leadership? What makes it so hard for us to ‘bare all’ to those we lead and to those we are led by? Is ego still really that prevalent?
Even though the concept is not new, the notion of vulnerability, especially in the context of leadership, is one we are hugely uncomfortable with. This impacts everything. The way we view ourselves, the way we view the world around us and what we are and are not able to achieve. True vulnerability is scarier than jumping out of a plane at 10000ft because vulnerability, is the only antidote to shame – and shame is our biggest obstacle.
If we want the best from those we lead; and we expect them to risk all and swing for the fences, then we need to be the first to take the plunge.
One of the biggest responsibilities of leadership is paving the way for those who follow us and that’s only possible by displaying the behaviors we want them to emulate. Being vulnerable about our failures and our weaknesses allows our teams to freely acknowledge theirs and then creates that powerful space for change and growth.
There is nothing more powerful in leadership than true authenticity and vulnerability. Leverage that and you will see your team thrive.